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Games you should be playing to get ready for the new Chinese-themed Las Vegas casino

 

coverchinese21062016It’s no secret that some of the world’s biggest gamblers hail from Asian countries. Macau is a big deal in the east. And hotels all around the world cater to Chinese gamblers, luring them in with free flights to their casino, comped rooms, comped dinners, and 5-star treatment in hopes that they’ll gamble.

And we’re not talking about the $100 limit Blackjack tables. We’re talking about the high roller rooms where dropping tens of thousands per bet on one hand makes you look like a penny pinching amateur.

So it should come as no surprise that Las Vegas is getting its own Chinese-themed property. It’s called Resorts World Las Vegas, it’s slated to open in 2019, and it’s going to cost a whopping $4 billion.

While that price may be steep, Resorts World Las Vegas will likely be one of the most impressive properties on the strip. The hallmark piece of the property is the Celestial Sphere, a giant ball that will flash images of guests for a few seconds and likely captivate young gamblers, something that Las Vegas really needs to do if it wants to tap into a younger market.

And despite the massive 150,000 sq ft casino floor, it’s not all about gambling. The property will feature a Chinese garden so big that’ll put Bellagio’s Conservatory to shame.

Also on the property will be a 50 ft replica of a Chinese lantern, which will aim to be a recognizable piece of the property, along the likes of the Eifel Tower in Paris Las Vegas or Bellagio’s fountains. The lantern will rise and fall up and down 56 stories on the property.

It’s actually taken way longer than expected to build a Chinese-themed hotel. After all, you’ve got lots of major cities covered, including New York, Paris, and Venice. So why not cover the country that not only has the most gamblers, but that has the wealthiest ones.

Macau, for example, attracts an unfathomable number of people. While there aren’t as many casino hotels in the gambling paradise, Macau’s revenues exceed that of Las Vegas. When people gamble in Macau, they gamble big.

Resorts World Las Vegas plans to celebrate the best of Chinese culture and turn a little piece of Las Vegas into one of the most impressive properties built in years. It’s not slated to open until 2019, but you don’t have to wait forever to get in the mood. Today, we’re highlighting some Asian-themed games available to play right now at The Virtual Casino. We hope you enjoy them.

God of Wealth

No need to pray for riches. The God of Wealth has you covered with a jackpot that resets at $1,000 and pops frequently, a top award of 10,000x your bet per line, lots of free games, and more. Take this 25-payline game for a spin and get ready for Resorts World Las Vegas right now.

Pai Gow Poker

Pay Gow has always been hugely popular in China, but the game was too complex and took too long to play for a casino to really realize profits and keep the attention of American gamblers. That’s why Pai Gow Poker was created. Not only has it become a favorite among Western players, but Asian gamblers love it just as much. This one is a table game involving cards and you can play it right now at The Virtual Casino.

Super 6

If you’re looking to get extra lucky, Super 6 could be your best bet. The online slots game with 729 possible winning combos celebrates the best of Chinese luck with fantastic Chinese-themed symbols. The game is loaded with free spins and lots of ways to win, making it a true favorite.

Zhanshi

With a jackpot that resets at $1,000 and a top payout of 30,000x, there’s good reason why Zhanshi is one of the most popular Chinese-themed slot games at The Virtual Casino. The game stars you as an ancient Chinese warrior as you battle your way to larger than life payouts.

Golden Lotus

Remember the Chinese garden we told you about earlier? The one that Resorts World Las Vegas is building as part of their property? Well you can experience right now in Golden Lotus, a 25-payline slots game that takes place smack down in the middle of a Chinese garden. Discover rewarding flowers and the ultimate golden lotus that could reward you with life changing payouts.

Lucky Tiger

Experience the luck of the tiger in Lucky Tiger, an Asian-inspired online slots game with a very luck 88 lines available to play. There are two jackpots in this one—a minor jackpot and a major one, both of which can be triggered automatically and randomly upon the conclusion of a game.

Experience Chinese luck right now

If you’re ready to take these games for a spin, sign up for a free account at The Virtual Casino. It takes just a few minutes to create your free account and as soon as you’re set up, you’re ready to go. We only need a few pieces of information and you don’t even need to make a deposit if you’d rather not play for real money quite yet. And that doesn’t mean you have to sit there and stare at the walls. Most of our games are available to play for free, so you can test the waters without spending a dime.

You can play any of these games through our downloadable software on your Windows PC. If you’re on a Mac (or a PC, too), you can also access The Virtual Casino through your web browser via Instant Play.

It gets even better. Whether you’re in Las Vegas, overseas in China, or waiting for a bus, you can still hop over to The Virtual Casino on your mobile device. It works on smartphones and tablets like Android devices and anything with iOS (that’s iPhones and iPads, obviously). You don’t even need to download an app. Just go to TheVirtualCasino.com on your web browser and you’re good to go.


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Sin City’s $4 Billion Chinese-Themed Resort –

 

coverchinese09062016Imagine a casino hotel that combines the glamour of the Las Vegas Strip with the history of China. We’re not talking about Macau here, we’re referring to an upcoming addition to Sin City that will introduce an undeniable infusion of Chinese flair to America’s gambling oasis. What was once the site of the Stardust casino is currently on its way to becoming a Chinese-themed super casino complex known as Resorts World Las Vegas. Planned to open in 2019, the $4 billion project is set to include all of the amenities you’d expect from a modern addition to the Las Vegas Strip, including a massive hotel with more than 6,500 rooms, a 175,000 square foot casino, a theater with room to seat 4,000 of your closest friends and plenty of retail, dining and convention space.

Resorts World Las Vegas is owned by the Genting Group, a Malaysian conglomerate focused on the tourism, resorts and gaming industries. Unlike some of the other properties sprinkled throughout Las Vegas, which include casinos following Roman, Egyptian and Medieval themes, the Genting Group is taking a stab at attracting one of the world’s most rapidly growing and high-demand tourism markets. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, China’s growing middle class helped propel the Asian nation’s tourism spending to $215 billion in 2015. That’s an increase of 53 percent from the previous year! To put it simply, Chinese tourists are currently leading the way in terms of spending, outpacing every other country with its roughly 120 million international tourists.

When it was originally announced last year, Genting’s focus on the Chinese tourism market was immediately apparent. The ceremony introducing the world to the company’s plans came complete with dozens of traditional Chinese lion dancers. KT Lim, chairman and CEO of Genting, went on to say that the sprawling new complex would showcase the best of China, including both the past and the present.

Some features planned for Resorts World Las Vegas that aren’t as common on the Strip include a panda enclosure, an aquarium, an indoor water park and a bowling alley. Much like the globally-recognized Integrated Resorts of Singapore, this resort is attempting to not only attract tourists, but keep them at the resort throughout the duration of their time in Nevada. If successful, this would definitely maximize the company’s investment thus far. Genting originally bought the land for the planned hotel from Boyd Gaming in 2013 for the tidy sum of $350 million.

Though an ambitious project, Genting isn’t exactly out of its depth with the Chinese-themed resort. The company already owns casino resorts on several continents, including properties in Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Korea and China. Genting also owns Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore, which, along with Marina Bay Sands, became the most profitable casino in the world in 2013. Genting also operates properties in the United States, most notably Resorts World New York City, the only casino located in the five boroughs of the Big Apple.

Construction Delays

When originally announced, Las Vegas icon Steve Wynn referred to a 2018 opening as “ambitious,” and the early results certainly echo that sentiment. Earlier this year, a number of local media outlets questioned the status of the Resorts World project. This makes sense when considering that construction on the project was originally slated to begin in late 2014. In May 2015, the company held a ground breaking ceremony to signal the official start of construction, but locals insist that progress is at a standstill. In a February report by the local CBS affiliate, residents claimed that the only construction taking place on the property seemed to be focused on the parking garage. The delay has the attention of locals primarily because of the jobs it was expected to create. More than 30,000 construction jobs will be created during the construction of Resorts World Las Vegas, and about 8,000 permanent positions are expected. Throw in $155 million in annual tax revenue, and you’ve got a recipe for an anxious public.

Looking Forward

Regardless of delays, the Resorts World project is set to change the face of Las Vegas in the coming years. Once upon a time, the area between MGM Grand and Caesars Palace was the epicenter of Vegas action, but things have changed. Today, the north end of the Strip, which is home to Wynn Resorts and the Venetian, is the hottest location. Resorts World could shift the gravity of the Strip once again, driving high rollers further north on the Strip.

With a planned opening tentatively set for 2019, there’s still plenty of time before Resorts World Las Vegas becomes an option for Sin City travelers. For now, Chinese-themed gambling options are notably limited. That all changes, though, if you take your gaming experience online. The Virtual Casino offers a number of Chinese-themed games that will make you feel like you’ve just taken a flight across the Pacific. For something authentic, load up Sic Bo. This Chinese dice game takes craps to a whole new level, and the gameplay is electric. If you prefer something with a bit more ambiance, check out the Virtual Casino slots library. New games such as Zhanshi and God of Wealth come complete with tons of Asian-inspired imagery. Don’t forget about some of the older classic games like Happy Golden Ox of Happiness and Lucky 8.

When it comes to Chinese-themed gaming, Las Vegas is a little bit late to the party. The Virtual Casino has been offering a variety of games with a distinctly Chinese flair for quite a while now. Try one of the ones mentioned above, or explore a little deeper to find some hidden gems. In either case, a virtual trip to the Far East from the comforts of your own home can be just what the doctor ordered when you’ve got a case of wanderlust. Celebrate the dragon boat festival in style with your friends at the Virtual Casino, and maybe, in a few years, Las Vegas will catch up with the trend.


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Follow these Tips to Drink for Free at the Casino

 

coverdrinks03062016Although online casinos offer a number of advantages over their brick and mortar counterparts – including lucrative deposit bonuses and the option to play from the comforts of home – there are some areas in which the online gaming industry just can’t match playing at your local casino. Sure, there’s the atmosphere and excitement, but that’s just the beginning. If you, like us, enjoy having a few drinks from time to time, a stop off in Las Vegas could be the perfect option for saving some cash, believe it or not. This is because all of the casinos in Sin City, both on and off of the Strip, offer free libations to players in exchange for their patronage. Whether you play at the slot bank or the tables, you can look forward to a waitress stopping by to find out if you’re interested in an adult beverage. Getting the first one is simple, but there’s a trick to ensuring that your waitress continues to stop by over the long haul.

You may be thinking that the amount of free drinks you get depends on how much cash you’re gambling with, and this can sometimes be the case. For example, table games, which feature higher minimums than slots, are regularly served with a larger roster of waitresses. However, you don’t necessarily need to be in the busiest area to keep the drinks flowing. Before you assume there’s a catch, let us assure you that this is one of the few great deals in Las Vegas casinos. If you don’t want to take our word for it, head over to one of the city’s many nightclubs and take a look at just how much a shot of alcohol can set you back without this well-known trick. Are you ready to find out how to make the most of the free drinks in Las Vegas? Let’s take a closer look at a few tips and tricks.

Finding the Right Spot

As previously mentioned, you don’t need to sit at a $100 blackjack table to catch the attention of a waitress. Even if you’re playing at the penny slots, you’ll still be on the route of one of the mobile bartenders. Though all of the casinos on the Strip offer free drinks, locals suggest heading to the Wynn for the best complimentary casino drinks in town. Beat the desert heat with a mojito featuring brand name tequila before hitting the clubs later in the night. Getting your fill before stepping onto the dance floor is an easy way to save a bundle of cash over your Vegas holiday. If you’re interested in stepping away from the action for a bit, consider taking your drink over to the Wynn’s Koi Pond for your very own moment of Zen. Just because you’re a visitor doesn’t mean you shouldn’t follow in the footsteps of those in the know. Playing in the right casino can result in some serious perks when free drinks are on the line.

Staying Under the Radar

Just because drinks are free in Vegas doesn’t mean that you can just walk up and ask for them. Some Sin City rookies make this mistake, heading to the video poker machines at the bar and expected an endless supply of liquor. While it may seem counterintuitive, playing at the bar is one of the worst ways to get your drinks. At most casinos, drinks are only offered if you’re playing the max bet at the video poker machines, which can range from as little as $1.25 per pull to $25 per pull at some of the trendier casinos. The way we see it, if you’ve got to pay $25 for a free drink, it’s not a free drink. Unfortunately, there’s much less leeway for bartenders than waitresses, and skirting the rules isn’t typically an option, even with a healthy tip. While the casino floor waitresses are tasked with keeping dozens of gamers’ thirsts quenched, bartenders have a much smaller pool, and they’re paid to make sure you’re not trying to take advantage of the free drinks.

Gratuity Welcome

If you want to keep a full glass, gratuity is a must. Your waitress has a lot of thirsty gamblers to visit, so you’ll do well to make a strong impression. Vegas regulars suggest opening the lines of conversation with a generous tip of about $5. After that, drop the tip to about $1 per drink. If you’re going to be in town for a while, it pays to build a rapport with the servers, particularly if you plan to spend a lot of time at one casino. There’s really nothing stopping waitresses from dolling out a bit of preferential treatment for casino-goers who treat them well, and you want to be on that list. More importantly than any other bit of advice, remember to tip. This is your ticket to stronger drinks and faster, more frequent service, even if you’re playing at the penny slots.

Advertised Margaritas

Casinos aren’t oblivious to the draw of free drinks, and many of the second-tier options on the Strip will attempt to cash in on this by advertising 99 cent margaritas or dollar daiquiris. As you may expect, these drinks will always be heavy on the sugary syrup and extremely light on the good stuff. Like the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Drinking is one of the few hobbies in Las Vegas that can be accomplished without crushing your bankroll. Just take a seat at your casino of choice, play slowly and remember to tip well. If you can handle those three things, you’ll do fine in the non-stop free drinks sweepstakes. Whatever you do, remember to drink responsibly. Getting slammed on the casino floor with a pocket full of cash can turn into a regretful affair once the liquid courage takes hold. After all, there’s a reason that every casino in Sin City offers free drinks, and it’s most certainly not generosity.


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You won’t believe what the future of online casinos looks like

 

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Got a time machine? Then you’re going to want to take a trip back to the mid 1990s. No, not to bet on the World Series, a la Marty McFly in the hit motion picture Back to the Future 2. No, you’re going to want to take a trip down memory lane, literally, to see what the world’s first online casino was like.

This is more than just a history lesson. Looking back at where we were can give us a hint at what we can look forward to in the future. The world’s first online casino was primitive, with relatively horrible graphics, slow animation, and an archaic look and feel.

But back then? Back then it was amazing. No one had ever played online casino games before. Until the first online casino game around, you needed to hop on a plane and head to Vegas or Atlantic City to play Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, or slots.

It’s easy to think that where we are today is the end of the line. After all, you can play against real dealers from home. And traditional online casino games are fast, authentic, and amazing. But this isn’t the end of the line. No way.

Remember Charles Holland Duell? He was the commissioner of the United States Patent and Trade office in the 1800s. And in 1899, he uttered a now infamous quote that, looking back, is beyond ridiculous:

“Everything that can be invented has been invented.”

We’re not even kidding. This is a quote that came before pretty much every modern-day invention. Before microwaves. Before helicopters. And way before any modern-day technology like smartphones or computers had been invented.

That’s why it’s naïve to assume that we’ve reached the point where no further online casino evolution takes place. No, there’s a lot more to come, and today we’re exploring what we think is next. We hope you enjoy it.

More cross-device support

In the upcoming macOS release, Sierra, Apple is including technology that will unlock your Mac if you’re wearing you’re Apple Watch and lock it when you leave with your Apple Watch. It’s beyond genius and we think there’s an application here for similar technology for online casino games.

We think that the online casino world can become more secure by tying accounts to a specific Apple Watch or Android Watch. If you’re not wearing your watch, you can’t play. This would allow players to ensure that their accounts are never compromised. Obviously, sites like The Virtual Casino take every step to ensure that accounts remain safe, but it’s always good to stay far ahead of the bad guys.

More live dealer games

Live dealer games have grown in popularity over the last five years. If you’re new to live dealer games, it’s basically you playing against an actual dealer. Through the magic of a video feed, a Blackjack dealer, for example, deals out real cards. You bet virtually, just like you’d do playing traditional online Blackjack. But the cards are real and therefor it feels that much more real.

As live dealer games grow in popularity, and as the Netflix effect has forced people into getting unlimited date with their Internet plan, you’ll likely see more and more live dealer games pop up.

Improvement in graphics

The thing about live dealer games is that they tend to be slower than regular online games. That’s because with live dealer games, you have to deal with real shuffle, real dealing, and the wait time that comes with accommodating multiple people betting at the tables. The future of online gaming calls for online table games to appear almost if not just as real as their online counterpart. That means you could one day sit down at an online Roulette table and confuse it for a live dealer Roulette game (which actually looks like the real deal).

While people are all about graphics improvements, some people actually prefer online casino games to look and feel a little less real than an actual land-based casino experience. For that reason, you’re likely to find several games that still feel a little less authentic.

More land-based relationships

You’ll like see more online casinos develop relationships with land-based casinos. While not all land-based casinos are eligible to run their own online casinos due to state regulations, it’s possible that some land-based casinos look to develop relationships with popular online casinos that serve other jurisdictions.

For example, you could see a big Las Vegas casino give away trips to their casino through a popular online casino. The land-based casino would develop promotions with the online casino in an effort to funnel players to their property. This would be mutually beneficial as the land-based casino would profit from players enjoying their property, and the online casino would benefit by coming across as being backed by a major player.

Even bigger jackpots

As online casinos become more and more popular, it’s only natural for jackpots to grow to record heights. Million-dollar jackpots are fairly frequent now, but these will likely grow even higher as communities grow. What’s more, with more people playing, it’s likely that these jackpots are also popped more frequently.

Taste the future now at The Virtual Casino

At The Virtual Casino, we’re already witnessing the evolution of online casinos. We’re committed to introducing new games on a regular basis and evolving our software to make sure it remains the best in the business. We already offer a healthy mix of online casino games, live dealer games, and realistic slots. And as the competition keeps up, we strive to stay ahead of the curve.

If you’d like to experience the future of online casino games right now, sign up for a free account at The Virtual Casino. You’ll gain access to all kinds of free online casino games, all of which you can play without risking any real money. And when you’re ready to win for real, we’ve got a deposit bonus with your name on it. Joining us takes just a minute, so come play.


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The 10 winning tips successful Keno players use every day

 

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If you’re a huge fan of playing the lottery, there’s one casino game you might want to try. It’s called Keno it’s a lot like your weekly lottery game. The difference? Draws happen every second of every day. Just select your numbers, catch some of them, and get paid out. The more you catch, the more you’ll win. We’re not talking about million-dollar wins or anything crazy. But $50 here, $200 there, and you’re laughing all the way to the bank.

But how do you know which numbers to pick? How can you be sure you’re not playing blindly? Are there any tricks you can employ to actually win at Keno more often? These are the questions new Keno players ask themselves and today we’ve got the answer for you.

Yes and no. Keno, like the lottery and all casino games, is completely random. Bit even with all that randomness, there are still some tricks you can use to your advantage to have more fun and, hopefully, win more money.

Today, we’ve got 10 big tips for you. So check them out, try them out, and get paid out playing Keno online and off.

Never play with more than you can afford

It’s a simple rule, but it’s one that too many Keno players ignore. Keno games are so easy to play and they go by so quickly that it’s easy to risk a lot of money in a short amount of time without realizing it. The most important thing you can do is set a budget. We recommend a monthly budget. Let’s say it’s $200. That allows you to gamble $50 per week playing online Keno and other games.

This is a rule you should follow even if you’re winning. Just because you won a lot of money doesn’t mean you should necessarily go over your budget. If you do, you’re more likely to give all those winnings back to the house.

Understand that the odds are not in your favor

It might seem odd for an online casino to admit this, but Keno isn’t exactly a game with 50/50 odds. If you want an almost even chance at winning, try your luck at Roulette and play evens/odd or red/black. Keno, while you definitely do get to play a lot of numbers all at once, has a much higher house edge than other online casino games. The same holds true in the live casino world.

Play consecutive numbers

This isn’t a hard and fast rule. It’s simply a strategy that could help you win. Many Keno players swear by choosing a series of consecutive numbers, like 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. There is no guarantee that these numbers will pop up, but some Keno players believe that consecutive numbers are more likely to come up than non-consecutive numbers.

Play the same numbers all the time

Keno has a lot of similarities to the lottery. You choose a bunch of numbers from a preset list and wait to see if your numbers come up. In many cases, it’s exactly the same as the lottery, except for the fact that you don’t have to wait for a weekly drawing to win big. In online Keno, draws happen on demand (in the live version, you usually have to wait every 15 minutes or so).

Many big lottery winners will tell you that they’ve been playing the same winning lottery numbers for years before they hit that big win, as if fate had something to do with it. If you’re a bit superstitious, playing the same Keno numbers is a great idea.

Play numbers that haven’t hit recently

If you notice that certain numbers haven’t popped up recently, it might be time to play those numbers. We know, we know. This is kind of like the gambler’s fallacy, thinking that if you’ve hit a series of losses, it’s only a matter of time before you win. But playing numbers that haven’t hit is a strategy successful Keno players employ frequently.

Play numbers that have come up recently

This one is the complete opposite of playing numbers that haven’t hit, but it’s a strategy you might want to employ if you keep seeing the same numbers hit over and over again.

Play fewer numbers

Most Keno players will tell you that playing more numbers means you’re more likely to come out with a win. While that might be true, Keno pays out based on the percentage of numbers you catch. For example, if you play 8 numbers and you catch 6 of them, you’ll get paid out more than if you played 14 numbers and caught 7 of them. Sure, catching 7 numbers seems great, but you actually caught a smaller percentage and will ultimately be rewarded less for it.

Look for patterns

To figure out which Keno numbers are hitting more often, sit back and watch Keno before playing. This strategy doesn’t really work online since you control the start of each game (if you’re not playing, nothing is happening). But in the live casino world, you can observe other people playing and study which numbers are being repeated most often.

Play for free

Before you sit down to play Keno for real money, start at The Virtual Casino. You can play free Keno with your online casino account. It takes just a few minutes to set yourself up with an account. Everything is automatic, so there’s no one to deal with over the phone. Just provide us with a few pieces of info, create a username, set a password, and you’re good to go.

Play for real money

Remember, you can’t actually win real money playing Keno unless you play for real money. So when you’re ready to play for real money, we welcome a variety of safe and secure deposit options. And we’re always standing by to help you with anything you need.


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Controlling Lady Luck: How superstition affects your game

 

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Are you a superstitious gambler? If you’re all about getting a feeling and going with that, there’s a chance you believe in some form of luck. But superstitious gambling goes beyond just believing in Lady Luck. For some superstitious gamblers, it’s all about controlling that luck.

Yes, we know. Luck is luck. It can’t be controlled. There’s no controlling complete randomness. But sometimes you just get a feeling that something went a certain way because you did something. Sure, it might be crazy to think you had control of a situation that was completely out of your hands, but sometimes you just can’t explain it.

Today, we’re exploring some of the most popular superstitions today’s gamblers believe in. Perhaps you’ll find a superstition that appeals to you. Or perhaps you’ll shake your head in disbelief that people actually believe in these things.

Blowing on dice

It’s in a famous Sinatra song for a reason. Lady Luck brings good luck when you have someone blow on your dice, or at least that’s how the saying goes. That’s why you’ll see players at the Craps table either blow on their dice or have their significant other or another player blow on the dice before being tossed. This superstition is an interesting one as its origins aren’t clear. Some people believe it comes from the early days when gamblers would try to cheat the system by coating one side of the dice with a special substance that would all of the sudden become sticky when blown on. Other people believe that it has nothing to do with cheating, but rather from the days when dice games were played on the streets. Back then, players would blow on the dice simply to clean them.

Betting on your lucky number

If you have a lucky number, there’s a good chance the Roulette table is the game you want to play. In Roulette, you can bet directly on any number from 1 to 36, plus a single zero and a double zero (but let’s be real, nobody’s lucky number is zero). If you’re playing Roulette and you happen to have a lucky number, be sure to bet on it. But what if your lucky number happens to be above 36? What if, for example, your lucky number is 74? Perhaps that’s the year you were born. Or perhaps that’s your grandmother’s age. Whatever the case just be sure to bet on 7 and 4 simultaneously.

Wearing a lucky piece of clothing

It’s not just athletes who have a lucky piece of clothing. Some gamblers also choose to sport the same clothing that they’ve been successful with. We’re not talking about wearing the same pair of underwear without washing it. That’s just silly. But don’t be surprised to see gamblers talking about their lucky jacket or the pair of lucky pants that they constantly sport. Lucky jackets don’t need to be washed, but if someone at the Blackjack table brags that their pair of pants has given them luck for the last 2 years, you might want to move away before you catch something. Of course, while some superstitious gamblers won’t wash their lucky clothing, others are happy to wash them, knowing that the fabric brings the luck rather than the germs on the garment.

Betting on red

Did you know that in some cultures, the color red is considered lucky. That’s why many players will choose to bet on red playing Roulette. But it’s not restricted to the wheel-based game. In table games where there’s an opportunity to raise or double down, players who are dealt red cards might choose to bet should they be holding red cards. For example, if dealt red cards in Tri Card Poker, even though the hand might not be an amazing one, the color red might prompt superstitious players to play it anyway. And it’s not just about playing the color red. It’s about bringing your own red to the table. Superstitious gamblers who believe in the power of red might choose to wear red clothing like underwear, socks, a shirt, or anything else.

Leaving the tables brings good luck at the slots

If you’re looking to get lucky on the slots, you might want to start at the tables. Many superstitious gamblers believe that leaving the tables is what brings good luck at the slots. So if you’re playing at an online casino, start with some table games first. If you’re superstitious, it could make a difference to your fortune.

See how these superstitions work out for you

Did you know you can practice these superstitions without risking any real money? At The Virtual Casino, you can play free online casino games without making a deposit. That goes for all the latest slots, all our table games, video poker, and even specialty games. All you need is a free account at The Virtual Casino and you’re good to go.

If you’re new, start by creating your account. It only takes a minute to do and you only need a few pieces of information. As soon as you’re set up with an account, go ahead and play all your favorite games for free. Don that red shirt. Blow on the virtual dice. Do whatever it takes to see if superstition pays off.

If it doesn’t, you’ve got nothing to lose. But if it does, it might be a good time to make a real money deposit and play for real. When you do, you can win actual money. Many of our table games come with low table limits so you can stretch a $30 deposit into a long session at the casino (and of course, if Lady Luck is on your side, you won’t need to deposit again).

Remember, all you need is an account and a playing device. Most PCs or Macs will do, as long as they’re not running Windows 95 or Mac OS 9. And you can also play on the go on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. So sign up now and make a date with Lady Luck wherever you are.


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Monthly Promotion: Feel the Power at The Virtual Casino

 

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The history of Las Vegas is jam-packed with machismo and underhanded deals done to grab a little bit of extra power from the competition. Mobsters from the Chicago Outfit grabbed control and refused to let go for decades, and the current stable of casino owners and operators is understandably reluctant to let newbies into their territories.

Sometimes, grabbing power isn’t just a practice for the mega rich and potentially dastardly. Sometimes, even everyday players need a chance to feel more control over their gaming experience.

The Virtual Casino is letting players increase their control and take the power needed to become a winner all month long. July’s promotional offers are the kind that don’t come around very often, so don’t miss out on the chance to seize power and walk away a big winner.

Place Your Bets

Grabbing power is all about getting off to a strong start, and that’s an easy goal to accomplish at The Virtual Casino this month. There are three incredibly intriguing options from which to choose, and they’ll all increase your playing power by multiples.

If you’re a slots and keno player, you’ll definitely want to take a long, hard look at the incredible 690% bonus. Not only is this huge offer available on a small deposit of just $30 or more, but its 10 times max cash-out limit leaves a lot of room for bankroll bolstering wins.

If you want to venture outside of the slot bank, there are still plenty of tasty options. Consider, for example, the 200% no-rule bonus, which is available on every game in the Virtual Casino and can be used on any deposit of $50 or more.

Alternatively, there’s the fully cashable 105% bonus. Though this offer features a 25 times playthrough restriction, there’s no max cash-out limit to worry with. In other words, all of your winnings can be claimed, all you’ll need is a deposit of $30 or more!

Bonus Bingo with No Restrictions

This month’s spotlight game is none other than Bonus Bingo. If you’ve never tried it out, July is a perfect month to dip your toes into the water. We’ll take the edge off with an incredible 250% bonus offer that features no playthrough restrictions or max cash-out limits.

Just make a deposit of $30 or more, and you’ll be ready to get started with the game that’s quickly capturing the attention of gamers around the globe.

That’s right! Bingo’s not just a pastime for old timers any more. In fact, it’s one of the can’t-miss crazes for the summer of 2016. Cash in on this generous deal, and get in on the fun!

Virtual VIP Specials

The very best that the Virtual Casino has to offer is always reserved for our VIPs, and July is no exception. Even though the general promotions are eye-popping, we’ve squeezed out a little bit of extra generosity to say thanks for all of your support.

Keno and slots fans are sure to be thrilled with the absolutely ludicrous 730% offer, which is available on deposits of $30 or more. With a 40 times playthrough restriction and a 10 times max withdrawal cap, you’ll have plenty of chances to enjoy our huge selection of slots.

If you prefer the tables, the 240% no-rule bonus offer is tough to top. Just make a deposit of $50 or more to claim this amazing deal.

Finally, there’s the 145 % fully cashable offer for deposits of $30 or more. No matter which game you decide to play, skipping out on this deal would be a huge mistake.

Seize the power with your favorite games at the Virtual Casino all month long. If you’ve got any questions or concerns regarding your time at the Virtual, our industry-leading customer support team is always standing by to help.

Whether you prefer to use live chat, telephone, email or fax, we’re equipped to help and on a mission to make your time at the Virtual truly memorable. With the hot, steamy weather outside and the non-stop action at the Virtual Casino, seizing the power this July is a win-win proposition.

Grab your favorite bonus or take advantage of them all. We’ll see you at the tables!


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Casino games you might want to avoid

 

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Seems odd, right? For an online casino to tell you to avoid certain casino games is a little bit counterproductive. We want you to play casino games, yes. Hey, that’s our business model and why we exist, at the end of the day. But we want you to play the right casino games, not just any old casino game. We’re casino players too and we know that not every single game is for everyone. In fact, it goes deeper than that.

The truth is that some casino games should be avoided at all costs by certain types of players. Today, we’ve identified fives types of players and called out the games we recommend they stay away from. If you fall into one of these categories, don’t worry. We’ve also pointed out the games you might want to consider.

Loud Talker

Love to chat loud with other people? Stay away from the slots. For one, if a slot bank is fairly empty, you won’t have many people around to chat with. And if there is someone around, they might not want to engage in conversation. Slot players tend to love staying focused on spinning and winning, without much care for chatting about the game, especially those slot players who are introverts.

If you feel the need to chat with others, try the Craps table. There, you’ll find people who love playing, screaming, cheering, and high fiving each other. And Craps is generally a communal game that breeds true camaraderie.

Quiet

If you’re the quiet type of casino player, whatever you do, stay away from the Roulette table. Things can get exceptionally loud at the table, particularly between spins and if you’re dealing with a crowded table. For quieter action, we recommend hitting the poker room at the casino. Yes, things can get loud. But if you’re a great poker player, staying quiet could work wonders, particularly if you’re a great bluffer.

If communal poker isn’t your thing, consider trying Video Poker. They’re solo machines, so you can enjoy winning without having to talk to people. Not into cards at all? Slot machines are always a good bet.

Anxious

If you’re a really anxious type of casino player, there isn’t necessarily a one size fits all solution in terms of the casino game you want to play. But let’s break this down a little to talk about your type of anxiety.

If you’re anxious in the sense that you can’t wait to sit down at a table and get money for a stack of chips, we recommend avoiding casinos altogether on a weekend, particularly if it’s a busy one. Instead, opt for online. If you head to a land-based casino, you could risk having to wait forever for a table. And if you’re anxious about it, that’s bad news.

If your anxiety stems from dealing with big win and loss swings (particularly the losing side of the equation), again, we’re going to recommend online casino games. That’s because when you play online, you can actually play for free (at least that’s the case at The Virtual Casino). While playing for pretend money could still cause some anxiety, it might be lessened by the fact that you’re not risking real money.

Fearless

Got an iron stomach? Then you’ll want to steer clear of games like Casino War. While fun, the you-vs-dealer game where the high card wins doesn’t involve taking many chances. You simply place a bet, wait for your card, wait for your dealer cards, and sit back to see who won. It’s one of the safest casino games around.

If you’re absolute fearless at the tables, head straight for the Roulette table instead. That’s because at game like Blackjack and War, you’re dealing with 1:1 payouts for the most part, aside from payouts that come from bonus bets, hitting Blackjack or going to war and tying on that war. But Roulette as entirely different ball of wax. You can place a bet down on a single number and if it hits, you’ll find yourself sitting on 35:1 payouts. That means betting $25 on a single number would get you $875.

Roulette comes with so many different betting options, so you can adjust your bet type based on how fearless or fearful you might be feeling at any given moment.

Scared or New to Gambling

If you’re not a fan of betting big, stay away from anything related to the High Rollers room. And if you’re playing live, we recommend strolling the casino floor before you sit down anywhere. One of the biggest mistakes newbies make is seeing a $50 Blackjack table and assuming that Blackjack is off limits. But the truth is casinos offer tables with varying limits. So just because you saw a $50 table, it doesn’t mean there’s a $5 table lurking around the corner.

If $5 is too rich, try free online casinos like The Virtual Casino. You can try play money games without having to risk one real red cent.

Find the perfect game now at The Virtual Casino

Look for the right game to play now that you know what to avoid? Join us at The Virtual Casino for an unforgettable online casino experience any time of day. To get started, all you need is a free account. If you don’t yet have one, set one up right now using a few pieces of information and you’ll be good to go.

You can access the best table games, video poker machines, slots, and specialty games from your Mac or PC. Plus, many popular titles are also available to play on the go on your iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone or tablet.

You can play for free using a complimentary play money balance. Or, when you’re ready, play for real by making a simple deposit. You’ll even enjoy a welcome bonus so you’ll have even more to play with off the bat — perfect in case you end up accidentally playing one of the casino games we told you to avoid.


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If you Like This in Vegas, Play it Online

 

cover-online18052016Casino games are great. Whether you’re in the mood for a little strategy or just looking to kick back and pass the time, modern casinos have a game or two that will fit the bill. For decades, the only way to experience the benefits of these masterful works of art was to jump on a plane or take a road trip to your nearest gambling destination. Considering the relatively sparse population of casinos in the past, just reaching a casino could often represent a significant investment. Luckily, times have changed. Not only are casinos in more destinations than ever before, but the availability of top quality casino games is at an all-time high. If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas, you’ve probably uncovered a game or two that really suits your fancy, and that’s a great thing. However, making it back out to the desert to enjoy another dance with Lady Luck isn’t always in the cards. That’s where online casinos have changed the game.

No matter which games you prefer, you can now enjoy all of the excitement and action of playing at a casino on the Las Vegas Strip without leaving the comforts of your own home. Sitting on your couch with some time to kill? It’s a great time to test your luck with an immersive slot game. Taking the bus or subway on your daily commute? Pass the time by honing your blackjack strategy at The Virtual Casino. Moments that were once limited to looking out a window or trying not to fall asleep can now be occupied with all of the action of your favorite casino destinations. Still not convinced? Let’s take a closer look at a few of the best games to play online.

Roulette

Roulette is one of Hollywood’s favorite casino games, because the lively and energetic atmosphere that regularly surrounds the wheel encompasses the spirit of the casino industry. However, not all games are the same. If you gamble in Las Vegas, you’ll most likely find yourself at a roulette game that features two green spaces. Unlike European roulette, which features a single green space, American roulette offers less-than-favorable odds by adding another disadvantage to those famous 50/50 bets, such as red, black, even and odd. The best way to avoid giving up more of an advantage than is necessary is to play online. The Virtual Casino offers both American roulette and European roulette, letting players decide which variation they prefer. Since you’ve been so nice, we’ll give you a tip! Go for the European roulette game, and you’ll cut the house advantage in half. Not a bad way to start your gaming experience, right?

Video Poker

Did you know that some video poker machines actually offer no house edge with proper play? Casinos are willing to sacrifice this advantage to seasoned players, because the vast majority of patrons never take the time to learn proper strategy. If you play in a casino, all of the lights and noise can be a major distraction when you’re trying to refine your skills. Additionally, casinos tend to frown on the use of cheat sheets and gambling aids. Taking your video poker experience to the web promptly eliminates both of those concerns. Since you can play anywhere, choosing a venue that’s nice and quiet is always an option. If you prefer to play with a cheat sheet or online guide at your disposal, that’s also an option when playing online. With less rules and restrictions, you’ll be free to practice and enjoy your experience to the maximum.

Bingo

Unlike most casino games, finding bingo tournaments whenever you decide to play can be a bit of a struggle. After all, casinos and bingo halls aren’t going to host the events when there are no other players. For bingo fans, this can put a real damper on a nice evening. Online gamers never have to concern themselves with such restrictions, though, because bingo games are always going on at The Virtual Casino. Check out Bonus Bingo, a revamped version of traditional bingo with enormous payouts, bonus multipliers and joker balls that act as prize multipliers. Whenever the mood strikes you, online gaming allows you to break out your virtual dauber and get the games underway. Vegas just can’t compete with that sort of freedom.

Slots

Have you ever seen a slot at the casino that you really wanted to play, only to notice that the denomination of the machine was out of your price range? Have you ever been sitting at a machine for a few minutes and noticed a little old lady standing beside you, waiting to cash in on your cold streak as soon as you stand up? These little annoyances can add up, but online casinos offer the perfect solution. When you play a slot at The Virtual Casino, you’ll be free to set your wager however you see fit. If there’s anyone standing behind you while you play from the comforts of your own home, you’ll probably know who they are, at least. If not, well, that’s another story entirely!

The days of brick and mortar casinos dominating the gambling industry have finally come to an end. Modern gamblers have nearly limitless options when it comes to satisfying their gaming itch, and The Virtual Casino goes above and beyond to address the specific needs of these players with cutting edge games, huge promotional offers and top notch customer support. If you’ve been longing for the thrills of Vegas gaming but unable to muster up the funds for a flight to Nevada, consider taking your experience online with The Virtual Casino. Not only will you be free to play from wherever your day may lead, you’ll also have the option to take advantage of games with rules that are friendlier to players than those offered at major brick and mortar casinos across the country. Whichever game you prefer, it’s safe to say that the online casino industry can be a real win-win in terms of convenience and experience.


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